When you think of the state of Alaska, the first thing that comes to mind usually isn’t a career in criminology. Surprisingly, however, this is one of the best states in which to live for those who aspire to careers in the field of criminology.

While the state isn’t full of schools offering criminology programs, as many other states are, the schools that are there are some of the best and are incredibly selective. Therefore, having a degree from one of these institutions can greatly increase your chances of getting hired in the field and of enjoying a long and successful career.

What’s more is that because there are fewer schools in the state offering criminology related programs, there are fewer people who are educated and qualified in the field. This means that it’s easy to stand out above the rest of the competition with only minimal effort on your part.

Nine times out of ten, if you’re willing to put in the work and commit yourself to an education, then you can be hired in the field and turn those career dreams into reality. Criminologists and related professionals in the state make an above average salary and also tend to enjoy excellent benefits and exciting work!

You might think that you have to get some extremely high level degree, such as a master’s degree or even a PhD, in order to work as a criminologist, but this isn’t the case at all! In fact, you can work in the field with only an associate’s degree. Of course, different criminology jobs will have different educational requirements, but it’s easy to find one that matches up with the level of education that you are willing and/or able to attain.

Plus, remember that your education is never set in stone. You can always go back and achieve a higher level degree if you desire. It is never too late!

One popular option for Alaska residents who have an interest in becoming criminologists is Charter College, which is located in Anchorage, the capitol city. The school offers an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, which is generally completed in around two years.

With this degree programs, student gain basic but important knowledge about criminals and the field of criminal justice, and they can later transfer credits earned to a bachelor’s degree program in the same, also offered by the school, or to something else that suits their interests and/or career goals.

Likewise, the University of Alaska at Anchorage, also offers a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. This program is most commonly completed in just four years, two if the student already has a related associate’s degree. The same bachelor’s degree can also be earned at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks as well.

For students who don’t feel that any of these schools are the right fit, there are many wonderful online colleges and universities to be considered as well. As long as they are accredited and legitimate, they are just as good as traditional schools.